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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators preview, pt. 2

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What they’re saying:

One of the main topics of discussion is the fact that the Florida Gators are a talented SEC team, thus making it extremely important for the Kentucky Wildcats to avoid a quick start by the Gators. The fact that the Gators have yet to score a touchdown in the first quarter of any of their three games is promising, but they are averaging 34.3 points per game otherwise.

Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips hopes his players ‘mental fortitude’ will help the team break though on Saturday and pull out a victory instead of crushing and deflating loss to Florida. The coaching staff and strength coach—Rock Oliver—alike, hopes that the off-season workouts and preparation will give the ‘Cats a chance to stray away from the ‘shock and awe’ that can occur while playing at the Swamp in Gainesville. Kentucky will definitely need to stick by that mental toughness to make it through Saturday’s game unscathed.

If the Gators are to come away with a victory, their defense will have to step up like it has thus far on the 2010 season. Florida has 12 takeaways on defense, 10 of those coming via interceptions. Kentucky’s offense is rolling behind the likes of Mike Hartline, Derrick Locke, and Randall Cobb, making it important for the Gators to find a way to get the ball away from the Wildcats. With all the weapons the ‘Cats have, it will be important for the team to mix it up on offense and keep Florida’s defensive players on their heels.

Prediction:

This year’s matchup could be the first time Kentucky has had a ‘real’ chance of upsetting the Gator’s. With Florida being a perennial SEC/National powerhouse, it’s interesting to see Florida without superstar quarterback Tim Tebow. As said before, Kentucky needs to play the perfect game to pull out a victory in the Swamp as well as capitalizing on turnovers.

In the end, look for the Gators to pull out the victory—their 24th straight over Kentucky—during a very intense and exciting game. Final Score: UF-31 vs. UK-27

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